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  • ForeFlight and Comply365 Collaborate on Customer Solutions

    ForeFlight
    ForeFlight
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    This week ForeFlight team members are participating in the Comply365 Third Annual Connections365 education and networking conference in Dallas, Texas. Comply365 serves many industries, including aviation, as a leader in mobile enterprise optimization software. We are pleased to announce two integrations with Comply365 that simplify operations for flight departments. Comply365 dashboard with quick link to ForeFlight Mobile. Comply365 Connector for ForeFlight Mobile is a software solution that enables a seamless first time sign-on and authentication capability for ForeFlight Mobile via…
  • SpaceX breaks ground on Texas spaceport

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    30 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
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  • FAA to review procedures for unexpected incidents in wake of ATC fire

    Aviation eBrief
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Administrator Michael Huerta announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration will review security practices and pro -More- "I had a life policy that did not cover me for general aviation – Pilot Insurance Center reviewed my life coverage and found me a policy that provided complete life coverage at a better price. It was fast, it was easy and I saved money." Pilot Insurance — Pilots that know aviation and life insurance. Let them find you a better life policy for aviation. (800) 380-8376 or piclife.com
  • New MH-47Gs Could Lead To Common Army Chinook Fleet

    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    RIDLEY PARK, Pennsylvania — U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command is seeking greater commonality with the regular Army as it receives its first new-build Boeing MH-47G Chinook. The first of eight new MH-47Gs was handed over ahead of schedule on Sept. 29 at Boeing’s helicopter plant near Philadelphia. The aircraft is the first-ever new-build MH-47 and the first with a machined airframe. read more
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 25–homecoming

    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points
    Mike Collins
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Over North Dakota, we prepare to fly into the final sunrise of our eastbound around-the-world journey. A year ago today–well, I guess technically speaking it was a year ago yesterday, Sept. 17 (thanks to that whole international date line thing, and our “groundhog day” on Sept. 15)–we concluded our epic around-the-world flight in Mike Laver’s MU-2. Again we were off before sunrise for the 1,196-nautical-mile hop back to Frederick, Md., which would require 4.2 hours of flight time. And there it is, the sunrise. The photographer in me really appreciated the thin,…
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    ForeFlight

  • ForeFlight and Comply365 Collaborate on Customer Solutions

    ForeFlight
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    This week ForeFlight team members are participating in the Comply365 Third Annual Connections365 education and networking conference in Dallas, Texas. Comply365 serves many industries, including aviation, as a leader in mobile enterprise optimization software. We are pleased to announce two integrations with Comply365 that simplify operations for flight departments. Comply365 dashboard with quick link to ForeFlight Mobile. Comply365 Connector for ForeFlight Mobile is a software solution that enables a seamless first time sign-on and authentication capability for ForeFlight Mobile via…
  • ForeFlight Mobile Version 6.3.2 is Ready for iOS 8

    ForeFlight
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    ForeFlight Mobile version 6.3.2 is now available on the App Store. This update brings performance improvements, a few bug fixes, and most importantly support for iOS 8 landing today, and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus available on September 19. We recommend all Stratus customers download this update as it improves app performance while connected. Preparing for iOS 8 We want ForeFlight apps to work well with the new operating system on the day it is released. Customers upgrade to new app and iOS versions quickly, so to prepare as much as possible we began testing with iOS 8 in June when Apple made…
  • Bulletin: September 18 Data Updates

    ForeFlight Data Team
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Data updates are now available to download for the September 18, 2014 – October 16, 2014 and September 18, 2014 – November 13, 2014 periods: Airport and Navigation Database ForeFlight Airport Diagrams, including over 100 new diagrams on September 18 North American Obstacles From the FAA: VFR Charts and Terminal Area Charts High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Caribbean High and Low Enroutes, Area Charts Ocean Planning Charts Taxi Diagrams Terminal Procedures Airport/Facility Diagrams Documents For our ForeFlight Mobile Pro Canada customers: Georeferenced Instrument Procedures from the CAP…
  • ForeFlight’s iOS 8 Preflight Briefing

    tweihs
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Yesterday, Apple announced updates to iPhone, a new payment system called Apple Pay, the new Apple Watch, and the release date for iOS 8. We love new opportunities to build elegant apps – running on great hardware – that deliver exceptional experiences for pilots. Apple’s news makes more of this possible. Focusing on iOS 8 for a moment, Apple’s operating system releases typically generate some discussion in the aviation community – everything from ‘the sky is falling’ to ‘it is amazing, do it’. Here is our take. We want ForeFlight apps to work well with the new…
  • ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 Is Now Available On The App Store

    ForeFlight
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is now available for download on the App Store. As a follow-up to our 6.3 release, this minor update focuses on performance improvements and a few bug squashes for a better app experience. ForeFlight Mobile 6.3.1 is a free update from the App Store and is available to all current subscribers. Click here for instructions on updating to the latest version.
 
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    Aviation eBrief

  • FAA to review procedures for unexpected incidents in wake of ATC fire

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Administrator Michael Huerta announced Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration will review security practices and pro -More- "I had a life policy that did not cover me for general aviation – Pilot Insurance Center reviewed my life coverage and found me a policy that provided complete life coverage at a better price. It was fast, it was easy and I saved money." Pilot Insurance — Pilots that know aviation and life insurance. Let them find you a better life policy for aviation. (800) 380-8376 or piclife.com
  • Mexico eases APIS rules for GA pilots

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Mexican government has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a  -More- 
  • Calif. airshow flies high under new management

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Jeff Herold, founder of Scheyden Precision Eyewear, stepped in last year as the primary sponsor for the fledgling Scheyden Ca -More- 
  • Cadet completes first solo thanks to CAP training program

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Cadet 2nd Lt.  -More- SAI 340 QUATTRO – Four in One Standby Instrument. Sandia Aerospace is proud to introduce the SAI 340 Quattro, a cost-effective replacement for steam-gauge standby instruments in EFIS-equipped aircraft. The Quattro displays indicated airspeed, barometric altitude, roll and pitch and provides a slip indication. Please Click Here For More Information.
  • Wheels Up targets Tenn. market for expansion

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Deron Brown, a senior vice president at Wheels Up, moved to Nashville, Tenn., this summer to expand the company's presence in -More- 
 
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    Aviation Week - Aerospace Defense, Business & Commercial News

  • New MH-47Gs Could Lead To Common Army Chinook Fleet

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    RIDLEY PARK, Pennsylvania — U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command is seeking greater commonality with the regular Army as it receives its first new-build Boeing MH-47G Chinook. The first of eight new MH-47Gs was handed over ahead of schedule on Sept. 29 at Boeing’s helicopter plant near Philadelphia. The aircraft is the first-ever new-build MH-47 and the first with a machined airframe. read more
  • IG Faults U.S. Army For Poor Spare Parts Planning

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    U.S. Army Life Cycle Management Command failed to provide the Defense Logistics Agency with reliable forecasts of spare parts needed to support planned depot maintenance projects, a recent Pentagon Inspector General (IG) report says. Army depots did not order $142.7 million of the $226.4 million in parts forecast for fiscal 2013, the IG reports. For other parts, depot requirements exceeded forecasts by $83.7 million. read more
  • Thales Charged With Phased Array Radar Design

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    LONDON — Thales has been awarded a technology study contract by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) that could result in the development of new radars for the Dassault Rafale fighter and unmanned combat aircraft.  The four-year, €89 million ($112 million) deal, signed on Sept. 30, will see Thales investigate a number of phased array radar technologies including modular processors and multi-function panel devices that the company says could be used in future generations of the Rafale and unmanned combat air vehicles. read more
  • Honeywell Licenses Production Of Talin Navigation System In India

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    NEW DELHI — Honeywell Aerospace will allow Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (SED) to produce the Tactical Advanced Land Inertial Navigator (Talin) system in India. Talin helps provide navigation for combat vehicles, sensor platforms, towed and self-propelled weapons, survey applications, main battle tanks, and mining equipment. read more
  • Boeing Moves AWACS, AEW Work Out Of Washington State

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    LOS ANGELES — As part of ongoing moves to streamline its defense and space business, Boeing is relocating the majority of its service and support-related work from Washington State to Oklahoma City and St. Louis. read more
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    AOPA Pilot Blog: Reporting Points

  • Last year’s RTW, Day 25–homecoming

    Mike Collins
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Over North Dakota, we prepare to fly into the final sunrise of our eastbound around-the-world journey. A year ago today–well, I guess technically speaking it was a year ago yesterday, Sept. 17 (thanks to that whole international date line thing, and our “groundhog day” on Sept. 15)–we concluded our epic around-the-world flight in Mike Laver’s MU-2. Again we were off before sunrise for the 1,196-nautical-mile hop back to Frederick, Md., which would require 4.2 hours of flight time. And there it is, the sunrise. The photographer in me really appreciated the thin,…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 24–almost home

    Mike Collins
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Yukon River winds below us as we climb out of Fairbanks. It’s been an incredible, fantastic trip–but after 24 days, we’re both ready to be home. We take off from Fairbanks before dawn, heading southeast toward Ketchikan, Alaska. That’s the broad Yukon River curving through the landscape below. Distant peaks draw our attention–from 25,000 feet. As the sun rises, it dramatically lights snow-covered, distant peaks before reaching into the valleys. Alaska’s vastness never fails to amaze me. Sunrise seems like a good time for a selfie of us on the flight…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 23

    Mike Collins
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Day 23 of our trip, one year ago today, sees our return to the United States–but not until very late in the evening. Also, today feels like the longest day of them all–by far. And it is, for a couple of reasons. First, we cross the International Date Line, so for us it’s Sept. 15 all over again. Second, our two legs–from Petropavlovsk to Anadyr, Russia, and then to Fairbanks, Alaska, total 1,930 nautical miles and 6.9 hours of flight time. While this is not our longest day, it takes the most time, because things in Russia seem to move only so fast. Lots of waiting,…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 22

    Mike Collins
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Leaving Japan, we find that our arrival made the newspaper’s front page. When we arrived at the Nagoya airport a year ago today to fly north, our hosts presented each of us with copies of the previous day’s newspaper. Turns out our arrival was front-page news! I wish I knew what they said about us. They certainly couldn’t say we bounced the landing–Mike made a greaser here. More photos from Nagoya and more detail on this leg can be found on my original Day 22 blog post. Climbing through the outer bands of a typhoon as we leave Japan. Alas, we couldn’t linger. The…
  • Last year’s RTW, Day 21

    Mike Collins
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    My hotel room in Nagoya looked down on the tracks used by Japan’s “Bullet Train.” A year ago today was our fifth and last nonflying day of the around-the-world trip, and we spent most of it sightseeing around Nagoya. We considered riding the high-speed bullet train to Tokyo–the station was under our hotel–but ultimately decided to stay local. The fish adorning the castle are talismans, intended to prevent fire. Most of the morning was spent touring Nagoya Castle, rich in history and a prominent local landmark. The castle is adorned with…
 
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  • Alternator output

    Oren
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Why is the alternator output higher than the battery output? For example, a PA-44 alternator provides 60-70 amps while the battery is only 35 amps. Thank you.  
  • Landing Trouble…

    Jeff LeFebvre
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I’m learning on my own Cardinal 177 RG and have 20 landings… My sight picture feels great…I keep the numbers in place…but when I cut the power over the threshold I feel like I’m sinking, panic,  and then over-flare…ballooning up, etc… I read (on this site) about the transition from looking at the numbers to looking down the runway and will try next time (lesson 6).  I was hoping to be doing better landings at this point and am worried that the longer it takes me to get this down the harder it will be for me to relax and do better landings.. I’m sure allot of this…
  • What happens to the angle of attack and pitch attitude when increasing TAS in a descent?

    hj
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    What happens to the angle of attack and pitch attitude when increasing TAS in a descent? Example flying at a constant mach number in a descent.
  • Approach plate challenge

    tommytom
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I can’t tell why KHUT approach plate has “ADF or DME Required” and KSLN doesn’t have “ADF or DME Required” printed on the plate.
  • Compensation for hire

    victor torres
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Fellas I’m fairly new to this and I’m curious to how this belongs. If I start working for an aerial photography company lets say flying around a Cessna with a camera does this fall under part 91 ops since I’m being paid to fly their airplane around ? Or am I getting paid to operate the camera? Also what about when I just reposition the airplane to the next town over and I’m not operating the camera?  Assuming I have a commercial certificate with an instrument rating.  The question is  where does this type of flying fall under?
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    Aviation Mentor

  • September 2014 Photos

    John Ewing
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    On top, near ALTAMVicinity of FOOTOAccidental photo of aviation "giant"Dodging Cloud TopsEngine-out Practice near KCCRFound some shade ...Looking for shade ...Vectors KLVK ILS 25R
  • Knowing When to Fold

    John Ewing
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Few myths are more enduring than the beleaguered, sleep-deprived pilot who laconically accepts the aircraft he or she is given and, without worry or fear, takes to the skies to have curious adventures. Something Dr. ATP mentioned a few weeks back combined with my own recent experiences to make me want to remind pilots that it's absolutely okay to decide to not fly an aircraft. We're not Jimmy Doolittle or Chuck Yeager and for good reason. We're civilian flyers and safety should be our goal, not proving our courage and fearlessness. As student pilots we learned to do a thorough preflight, but…
  • Concise Guide to the DA42

    John Ewing
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    After countless hours of gathering photos, writing text, editing, re-photographing, and re-writing, the Concise Guide to the DA42 is now in the hands of the iBooks reviewers and should be available for download by September 15. You can download a sample or order the book now. This is the fourth aviation iBook I've published and in many ways, it was the hardest for a number of reasons.The TwinStar and the DA42NG are at the top of my list of favorite aircraft and I wanted my book to be comprehensive. That meant lots of photographs of components and descriptions of systems: While the DA42…
  • RNAV OBScurities

    John Ewing
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    A few years back the editors of the Aeronautical Information Manual changed the well-written overview of GPS, which was a shame because that concise description laid the conceptual framework pilots needed to understand waypoint sequencing, turn anticipation, and how and when to suspend waypoint sequencing. For their part, instructors are so busy teaching pilots how to wrestle with crappy GPS receiver user interfaces that a conceptual understanding of GPS often falls by the wayside. Many pilots have memorized the series of button pushes and knob twists that will accomplish their goal, but…
  • ForeFlight adds Weight & Balance

    John Ewing
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    A few weeks ago, I had a discussion about flying an aircraft over gross weight and the person I was talking to seemed to be saying "It ain't no thang ..." I begged to differ since there are serious hazards associated with flying an aircraft over maximum takeoff weight or out of the CG envelope. And so I was pleased to see the addition of Weight and Balance calculations to ForeFlight, though one has wonder just how many more features can be added to ForeFlight as it continues to mature. So far the developers have done a decent job of adding features in a logical fashion, but there is a tipping…
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    Cockpit Conversation

  • Child Prodigy Inspiration

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You know the kind. The kid who built a nuclear power plant in his parents' garage. The seventeen year old wunderkind who is flying an airplane she built herself across the continent. The teenager who is not yet old enough to vote, but who has successfully lobbied for a change in foreign policy and raised $300,000 to help enslaved kids in the third world. They used to make me kind of depressed and irritated that I had so much lower an accomplishment to lifespan ratio. But recently I started to look at them in a new way. If a kid has accomplished so much in ten years, the first few of which he…
  • Cold, Hypoxia and Spiders

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From time to time a person stows away in the wheel well of an airliner. There's a big space up there, with room for all the hydraulics, a retracted wheel, and a person. Doors close over the opening to provide streamlining, but I don't know that they close tightly enough to prevent draughts. Mine certainly don't. My gear doors don't even cover the whole opening. There is no pressurization and no heating in that space. At altitude the proportion of oxygen in the air is the same as at sea level, but the total air pressure is less, so the partial pressure of oxygen is also less. This pressure is…
  • Who Knew September Was Such a Busy Month

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth. I've been flying, amassing comments on the iPad, assessing the proposed new duty time regulations for pilots and how they will affect my company's operations, and mostly stuck in hotels with terrible Internet. That makes company paperwork take twice as long and leaves no room for blogging. Oh good grief, "An error occurred while trying to save or publish your post," and this is one of the better hotels this week. Okay, this is what I've got got for you today: an aviation headset has two plugs, one that connects the earphones to the system so the…
  • Bad Technology Day

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I've been struggling with my phone lately, not getting text messages, not having it ring when I'm called. An update to the OS did the trick, even though the OS update notes were all for apps I don't use. I heard someone in the air having an equally frustrating time with technology. "We're struggling with the FMS right now. Can we have direct BOXON?" The FMS is the flight management system, the magic box that tells the flight director and the autopilot where the airplane is supposed to go. I don't know the clearance that the pilots were given initially, but they were apparently unable to…
  • Technology Ups and Downs

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My ideas file is much longer than the time I am spending using it, so I've pulled out several news stories that I'd better comment on before they expire. No headline writer could resist the fact that the captain's arm came off during landing, but if you read to the end you realize that the prosthetic stayed attached to the body. It's the clamping device he was using to ensure that the artificial limb maintained a grip on the yoke during the flare that came off the yoke. I have worked with a student pilot with an prosthetic foot and know of a pilot who lost both arms flying with prosthetics,…
 
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    Indy Transponder

  • Indy Transponder 30-SEP-2014 1600z

    XPDR
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Black Team Soars Over South Africa * U.S. Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights" | On September 12th the Black Demonstration Team departed Fort Bragg, NC to begin our travels to Pretoria, South Africa for the 2014 Air Show and Defence exhibition held on Waterkloof Airforce Base. With the support of our operations section, the US Embassy and the South African Golden Eagles Parachute Team, we arrived in South Africa on the 15th of September ready to support the air show and share the blue skies with members of the Golden Eagles Parachute Team...Airshow features variety of planes, acrobatic…
  • 13th Annual Riley Memorial AIRSHOW

    XPDR
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Indy Transponder 30-SEP-2014 0100z

    XPDR
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    U.S. Army Golden Knights talk about entrance into Arrowhead Stadium * fox4kc.com | KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Golden Knights travel across the country to connect the United States Army with the public. Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium, the U.S. Army Parachute Team will drop into the stadium to deliver the game ball! Monday morning...Blue Angels dazzle the sky with precision flight formations * Hawaii News Now| The Blue Angels soared across the sky dazzling crowds today in the "Wings Over The Pacific" air show at the Joint Base at Pearl Harbor and Hickam. The U.S. Navy fighter jets showcased…
  • 70th anniversary of the Test Pilot School

    XPDR
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Flight Test Historical Foundation would like to invite members of your organization to our annual Gathering of Eagles event on October 18th in Lancaster CA, to help us celebrate 70th anniversary of the Test Pilot School (TPS). Members can purchase individual tickets at http://EdwardsMuseum.org, or your organization may purchase a table as a “Sponsor”. Sponsorship information is available on our website on the Gathering of Eagles page (http://afftcmuseum.org/news-events/gathering-eagles-2014). For individual ticket purchases, members can write down the name of your organization in the…
  • Indy Transponder 29-SEP-2014 1200z

    XPDR
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Crowd-pleasing freestyle wraps up U.S. Aerobatics * Herald Democrat | Throughout the week, pilots from across the nation flew into Denison’s North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field to compete in the 2014 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. Competition concluded on Friday with the events highlight attraction as seven of the top pilots competed in the four-minute freestyle contest...The Blue Angels dazzle during air show demos - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | If spontaneous involuntary reaction is any measure of success, the Blue Angels flight demonstration at the Wings Over the Pacific…
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    Plane News

  • Baggage Tips Every Traveller Should Know

    admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    There are a lot of blogs and articles out there that will give you “first hand” travel advice about where to go and what to see – basically, all the exciting stuff. This article is not like that at all! Sorry to get your hopes up. However, the information I am going to present to you is important, because if things awry with your luggage, it has the potential to ruin your holiday. No one wants that. Travel light When travelling, you should only pack the absolute necessities and nothing else. I doubt you will more than a couple changes of clothes, a pair of shoes and a bag of toiletries.
  • Five is Fun: Entertaining Things to Do in Benidorm

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Benidorm is a good place for a holiday with your family, friends or partner on any budget. This city in Spain is located by the sea and is popular with holidaymakers from Europe. Here are five great things to do while on holiday there.   Relax on spotless beaches Most holidaymakers come to Benidorm to enjoy the soft, Spanish sand and glorious sun. There are many beaches to choose from, stretching from Playa Poniente in the west to Playa Levante in the east, the former being less crowded than other beaches and is suitable for families and couples looking for a quiet place to relax and…
  • Is It Possible To Save Money In Sin City?

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
        What do you think of when you hear the words: Las Vegas? Probably glitz, glam, and plenty of cash. You’re not alone. Most of us consider Vegas to be an expensive and over the top vacation spot. There are all of those luxury hotels, pricey show tickets, and of course, the casinos to consider. Don’t give up hope just yet. It is possible to save money – and still have a wild time in Sin City. These thrifty ideas will give you the vacation you’ve been dreaming of…. without totally emptying your bank account.   Save On Flights and Accommodations Las Vegas isn’t just…
  • What To Do In Kuala Lumpur This Vacation Season

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the most visited destinations in all of Southeast Asia. It boasts of man-made wonders and natural treasures that you’ll definitely love. Simply put, from the moment you arrive in this one of a kind city, you’ll never experience a dull moment. So book your flights to Kuala Lumpur that are available on affordable rates and get ready for fun-filled adventure that you’ll never forget. Among the activities that you can enjoy while there are as follows: Visit the Petronas Twin Towers One of the tallest twin towers in the world (452 metres), the Petronas Twin…
  • Sights to See in Ekaterinburg

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Trans-Siberian Railways Tours and Holidays should definitely include a sightseeing trip to the fascinating city of Ekaterinburg, Russia’s third largest city. It’s a stunning city, abundant in fascinating things to see from museums and theatres to cultural delights galore. To top it off, locals are friendly, open, and have retained a wonderful sense of tradition. Historical Square Historical Square is one of the most important sites in Ekaterinburg when it comes to heritage. It’s not the prettiest sight by any means, being set along the Iset River banks – a polluted creek amidst a…
 
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    Airplane Geeks Podcast

  • AirplaneGeeks 317 – The Navion

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    The single engine Navion airplane, air traffic controller hiring guidelines, Air France pilot’s strike, robots flying airplanes, Delta Air Line’s refinery, and NextGen. Guest Chris Gardner is founder and CEO of Sierra Hotel Aero, holder of the type certificate for the single engine Navion airplane. Chris has a commercial aviation background, as well as extensive experience with North American Aviation aircraft including rebuilding and modification for racing of the P-51 Mustang, the T- 28, and Navion aircraft. We review a little of the history of the Navion and how it was originally…
  • AirplaneGeeks 316 – NASA’s Aeronautics Research

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    NASA’s aeronautical research activities, Boeing and Airbus production rates, an NTSB report on pilots and drugs, and an update on the F-35 engine fire. Guest Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., (USMC-Ret.) has been the NASA Administrator since July, 2009. During Charlie’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps, he served 14 years in NASA’s Astronaut Office and traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle. Charlie flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. He has a lengthy and distinguished career serving his country, including…
  • AirplaneGeeks 315 – Flying for Law Enforcement

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Patrolling the skies September 11, passengers fighting over reclining seats, pilot hypoxia, a Dubai aviation mega-hub, airplane weather radar, and the new Southwest livery. Guest Guest Patrice Billings was the first female police officer to become a helicopter pilot for a U.S. law enforcement agency. She was flying air patrol for the the St Louis County Police Department on September 11, 2001. Patrice was a member of the SWAT Team for 10 years and was even nominated for TV’s America’s Most Wanted Heroes Award. Now Patrice is a speaker and consultant, and brings her experience and wisdom…
  • AirplaneGeeks 314 – Bits & Pieces XIII

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    An interview with a Blackbird pilot, and another with Amelia Rose Earhart. Also, aviation type clubs, the 2014 AeroSpace X Awards, and we welcome a new team member. On account of the Labor Day holiday in the U.S., we bring you a collection of pre-recorded segments. We’ll be back to the normal format next episode, but this week we have: Rob Mark’s Labor Day Message Rob tells us the history, meaning, and future implications of the American Labor movement. Jamie Dodson’s Interview with Blackbird Pilot Ken Collins Ken Collins and Dr Jim Griffin with A-12 Blackbird Southern Museum of Flight…
  • AirplaneGeeks 313 – Cathy With a C, Babies No E

    thegeeks@airplanegeeks.com (Airplane Geeks)
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, general aviation flying, business aviation recovery, the new Eastern Air Lines, UPS 1354, hacker threats, two Lancasters and a Vulcan. Guest Most of Cathy Babis‘ professional experience has been in the aviation industry.  She is a pilot, flight instructor, ground instructor, air traffic controller, weather observer, and aviation chart cartographer. She’s also a standup comedian. Cathy works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency making instrument flying charts for military pilots to use when flying outside the U.S. The NGA is both…
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    Greteman Group » News & Views

  • Wichita Eagle; Have You Heard; You Don’t Say

    Greteman Group
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    “I’m interviewing a man about a Frosted Flake chicken on a stick.” – An explanation from the Greteman Group’s Rachel Groene, who is handling the agency’s Kansas State Fair account, on why she needed a colleague to help on another account. The Wichita Eagle Carrie Rengers You don’t say © The Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation

    Greteman Group
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation Talent abounds; let’s use it By William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief There’s a natural slowness to summer that helps us reflect about our choices, reconnect with people, ideas and goals lost in the everyday hurry, and rejuvenate – cannonballing into a lake full of happy, squealing children is guaranteed to reset...
  • Wichita Eagle; Sneak peek: A look at the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport’s art

    Greteman Group
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    September 2, 2014 The Wichita Eagle Kelsey Ryan When you walk into the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, you’ll be welcomed to the Air Capital of the World. And although the terminal won’t open until April, the history exhibits and public art that will be displayed inside are in their final stages. “A lot...
  • Wichita Eagle; Out of Office

    Greteman Group
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Rachel Groene, left, of Greteman Group talks with Mary Beth Chambers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas at a Public Relations Society of America Kansas Chapter meeting on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Greteman Group © Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Upward Bound: Aviation Marketplace Projections

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The best thing you can tell a roomful of aviation professionals is that the industry they love and depend on is poised for growth. And that’s the welcome news respected aviation forecaster Rolland Vincent conveyed as Wichita Aero Club’s August keynote speaker. Vincent analyzed where we are, how we got here and where we’re going....
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  • Raytheon to supply RAFAEL Iron Dome components worth $149 million

    News Desk
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Raytheon Company has received a contract award from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. valued at $149.3 million, to provide components for the Tamir interceptor used in the defensive Iron Dome Weapon System. The amount represents about two thirds of the special funding of $225 allocated by the US administration to replenish Israel's arsenal of Iron Dome interceptors, following Operation "Protective Edge" where Iron Dome systems intercepted over 735 rockets fired at Israel.               Related StoriesIsrael…
  • UAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehicles

    Tamir Eshel
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    The UAE plans to acquire 4,500 used MRAP package from US military surplus, to improve force protection and protected mobility for land forces. The emirate is also planning to add a ballistic missile regiment, equipped with 12 HIMARS mobile launchers and 100 ATACMS ballistic guided missiles               Related StoriesBritish Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over AfghanistanBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryEurosatory 2014 – Photo ReportIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron…
  • British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan

    Tamir Eshel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.               Related StoriesFrench Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOMUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesTaranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilitiesTwo Lancaster Bombers fly together for first time in 50 yearsUS Army,…
  • Weekly Top Posts: 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Airstrike kills 40 Islamic State fighters US lead coalition target ISIL power centers in Syria French jets strike ISIS targets in Mosul, Iraq Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear ISIS Launches attacks in Baghdad
  • LCS 4 fires the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile

    Tamir Eshel
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    LCS 4 Littoral Combat Ship demonstrates flexible weapon mounting applications, firing the Norwegian Naval Strike Missile from the aft deck               Related StoriesManned and unmanned helicopters demonstrate joint operations with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)Raytheon to supply Iron Dome components worth $149 millionUAE is ready to take thousands of used MRAP vehiclesBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryIsrael scrambles the 8th Iron Dome unit with David’s Sling elements 
 
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  • HK36 Super Dimona

    Blogger
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    HK36 Super Dimona  BORN TO SHINE Fuel: 4.6 US Gallon/h Seating: 2 Seats Max Speed: 120knots or 222km/h Max Operating Altitude: 16,404ft or 5000m Payload: 202kg/445lbs Introduction The start of something great: the HK36 touring motor glider laid the foundation of Diamond Aircraft’s aviation changing history. Beloved and flown around the world - the HK36 Super Dimona,
  • Working of Weather Radar for aviation

    Blogger
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I don’t like thunderstorms. Oh sure, they’re fine if you’re on the ground, but ever since a particularly nasty encounter with windshear in a severe storm flying into Charlotte back in the early 1990s, flying around storms has made me anxious. So when I went to visit with Honeywell back in May, I was particularly interested in learning more about advances in weather radar.
  • C17 Globemaster, World Best Transport Aircraft

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    12 Nov 2013 | 7:51 am
    C17 Globemaster C17 Globemaster Force C17 Globemaster Flying C17 Globemaster Dusty Fixing Tank in C17 Globemaster Fixing Tank in C17 Globemaster Tank transported by C17 Globemaster Night-View Runway C17 Globemaster Smoke Art by C17 Globemaster C17 Globemaster Engines Thrusting upward C17 Globemaster Skydiving from C17 Globemaster Fly-Run
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    14 Mar 2013 | 7:47 am
    Yes! AirBus A380 is rated as the most expensive private jet cost more then $300 Million. Have a look! Private Jet Conference Room Taking a commercial air flight can be such a hassle. You have to get to the airport several hours in advance, wait at a busy terminal, risk losing your luggage (which happens at the most inopportune time), go through all the requisite
  • Latest Commercial Air Bus: A350-900

    Blogger
    15 Oct 2012 | 12:13 am
    A350-900 The optimised baseline The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB Family, which is tailored to meet airlines’ future market requirements in medium-to-long haul operations.As the first A350 XWB Family version that will enter airline service, the A350-900 has the same optimized cabin cross-section as the other A350 XWB versions (A350-800 and
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  • The Wings Over New Zealand Show – LIVE TONIGHT (9/16/14) – 9pm (EASTERN)

    Staff Writer
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Dave Homewood takes over the airwaves tonight LIVE for the first time on Warbird Radio.com.  Join us in welcoming Dave and the Wings Over New Zealand Show to the family.  Hear stories about a very special RNZAF DC-3 and much more tonight at 9pm (EASTERN) immediately following Warbird Radio LIVE!  Thanks for […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – Bill Harrison & EAA B-17 Update – TONIGHT 8pm (EASTERN)

    Staff Writer
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Matt Jolley is back with a brand new episode featuring the man who donated the B-17 to the EAA, Dr. Bill Harrison.  Hear Dr. Harrison’s story tonight (9/16/14) starting at 8pm (EASTERN).  Matt will also check in with Chris Henry to find out what’s going on with the EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast […]
  • The Texas Warbird Report – Authors Dan Linn & Brad Pilgrim – TONIGHT 9pm (EASTER)

    Staff Writer
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Join us tonight (09-09-14) for the first episode of The Texas Warbird Report!  Host Zane Adams welcomes warbird regulars turned authors Dan Linn and Brad Pilgrim.  For decades the Breckenridge, Texas air show was the stuff of legend.  Brad and Dan routinely attended the air show and fortunately took lots of pictures. Last […]
  • WWII P-51″Mustang” Pilot Jerry Yellin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday 8pm (EASTERN)

    Staff Writer
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:13 pm
    WARBIRD RADIO – Noted military aviation author and former WWII P-51 pilot Jerry Yellin shares his story this Tuesday night with Matt Jolley.  Mr. Yellin landed on Iwo Jima March 7, 1945, strafed Japanese positions for the US Marines and flew 19 long range (VLR) missions over Japan. He and his wife of 61 years, Helene, […]
  • Warbird Radio LIVE! – The Welcome Back Show – Episode 540

    Staff Writer
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    WARBIRD RADIO – Matt’s back LIVE tonight (9-2-14) at 8pm Eastern time.  Tune in for an action packed show with lots of guest and some big news for our Texas friends.  Did we mention the all new LIVE channel is back as well?  New shows and some of your favorites can be heard 24/7 by […]
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  • Do you need any photos from the fabulous anna.aero World Routes Chicago Dailies?

    anna.aero
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    Find out all the show news from anna.aero’s Chicago Dailies produced on site at the 20th World Route Development Forum, including who won the 2014 Marketing Awards. We have hundreds and hundreds of published, un-published, and unpublishable photos which we have taken during the main daily proceedings and social events for the fabulous anna.aero World […]The post Do you need any photos from the fabulous anna.aero World Routes Chicago Dailies? appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Aeromar has 0.1% of US-Mexico traffic with three routes to Texas; 18 domestic routes account for less than 2% of market

    anna.aero
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:58 am
    Aeromar has been operating in Mexico for more than a quarter of a century as a niche, ‘executive’ airline. With a fleet of mostly ATRs it operates primarily on short-haul flights from Mexico City. We look at the airline’s busiest routes and its international activities. Mexico’s Aeromar has been around since the late 1980s offering […]The post Aeromar has 0.1% of US-Mexico traffic with three routes to Texas; 18 domestic routes account for less than 2% of market appeared first on anna.aero.
  • New airline routes launched (9 September – 15 September 2014)

    anna.aero
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    A total of 21 air services were launched by 13 airlines during the course of last week, including Norwegian linking London Gatwick to two more European capitals, Frontier Airlines expanding its domestic network with five new routes as well as Spring Airlines commencing its first international route from Hangzhou. The rest of this week’s new […]The post New airline routes launched (9 September – 15 September 2014) appeared first on anna.aero.
  • Cebu Pacific Air arrives in Australia

    anna.aero
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Cebu Pacific Air commences non-stop Manila to Sydney flights against two other carriers. Cebu Pacific Air, the airline we examined in more detail last week, became the latest airline to enter the Australian air travel market with the introduction on 9 September of four times weekly flights on the 6,243-kilometre route from Manila (MNL) to […]The post Cebu Pacific Air arrives in Australia appeared first on anna.aero.
  • firefly starts two more routes in Malaysia

    anna.aero
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    firefly adds Penang-Krabi link and Johor Bahru-Ipoh link using ATR 72s. firefly, the regional subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has added two new routes during the last week. On 11 September it launched thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays) flights on the 332-kilometre route from Penang (PEN) to Krabi (KBV) in Thailand, followed on the 15 September by […]The post firefly starts two more routes in Malaysia appeared first on anna.aero.
 
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  • SimpliFlying featured at 2014 Air Transport IT Summit Highlights

    SimpliFlying
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    “You need to know what you measure. Only then can you benchmark yourself against other airlines.” - Shashank Nigam, CEO, SimpliFlying   Age of Connections “Today’s travelers are empowered and we have to deal with them differently. Social media is no longer an afterthought. It’s integral to the airline business. This is the age of connected and empowered travelers. “How do you satisfy these customers? As an airline, are you ready to deal with these guys? This is not tomorrow. This is the day before yesterday. And, they are the travelers of today. There are several…
  • Airport Marketing Exchange: Delivering A Better Airport Experience Via Crowdsourcing Ideas

    Li Guen
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a repost of the article by SimpliFlying on Airport World online here. Crowdsourcing, put simply, is the seeking of ideas, opinions, solutions or feedback from large audiences. While this can also be done offline, the existence of social platforms has made it very simple and easy to instantly reach out to many people and tap their brains. It gives consumers a skin in the game. Copenhagen Airport is asking travellers to send in suggestions on which shops, restaurants and other facilities should be part of the airport of the future. This is done via a new…
  • Airline Winners at 5th Annual SimpliFlying Awards 2014 #SFAwards14

    SimpliFlying
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    SimpliFlying Awards: The Authoritative Showcase of Best Social Media Practices of Leading Airlines on Social Media This evening, the top finalists of 5th Annual SimpliFlying Awards shared the best of their social media milestones at the Travel Distribution Summit hosted by EyeforTravel in New York City. These winners and highly commended finalists had been shortlisted from each category, a culmination of: Six stellar judges, renowned aviation, travel and digital marketing experts who assessed the awards entries Over 39,830 public votes received in 3 weeks Views and participation from over…
  • [Presentation] Future of travel marketing – in the age of mobile and wearables #TDSusa

    Shashank Nigam
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    I had the opportunity today to deliver a keynote presentation at the Eyefortravel Travel Distribution Summit in New York City. I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Google, Sabre and IHG. The focus of my presentation was to provide an industry outlook into what are the key opportunities for travel marketing, with the advent of mobile and wearable technologies. Specifically, I discussed the following: 2014 is the year of the Connected Traveller – and airlines, airports, hotels need to be prepared for this reality There are ample innovations in the mobile space – airports…
  • Which were the best airline marketing campaigns in August 2014? Find out in our Airline Marketing Benchmark Report

    Shubhodeep Pal
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Jointly produced by SimpliFlying, and industry and consumer trends research agency, airlinetrends.com, the highly-acclaimed Airline Marketing Benchmark Report analyses a wide range of airline marketing case studies each month. Disover 15 new innovative airline marketing campaigns. Every month. The monthly report contains a selection of the 15 most innovative marketing and advertising campaigns launched by airlines around the world and assesses their impact. If you are a numbers person, you’d love our report too! What’s in this month’s report? A wide range of case studies…
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  • What’s the Best Marketing Tool for Aviation?

    Paula Williams
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:04 am
    “What’s the best marketing tool for aviation?  If I only have time and money to do one thing to sell to people in this market,  what should it be?” We were asked this question in a coaching session last week. I asked the client: “If you asked your mechanic which tool he’d like if he’ll be stranded with your plane on a desert island with only one, which one do you think he would pick?” His response was: “He’d say he wasn’t going to no damn desert island if he can’t take the whole toolbox with him.” “Good…
  • Download our October 2014 Aviation Marketing Calendar

    Paula Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    NBAA, Halloween, and our Marketing Data panel discussion! You won’t want to miss anything this October.  Click the image below to download the full-size calendar. Note – don’t print from Firefox! (It won’t work very well.)   Open with a PDF editor like Adobe or Preview.
  • Do you Reuse Content? We Ask Our Panel

    Paula Williams
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    In our panel discussion last week, we had a great conversation with some of the best content creators in the aviation industry. As you can see, the answer to the question, “Do you reuse content?” is not a black-and-white issue, so we thought we’d share the whole conversation with you. Video here, transcript below. Video Transcript: __________________________ Paula Williams: Todd if you’d like to carry on with the next question: Do you reuse content? Todd Lohenry: Oh, absolutely! As often as possible. And, you know, there’s an order of things you know on the…
  • Why Does Your Marketing Company Care About Your Security Procedures?

    Paula Williams
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:39 pm
    ABCI is a marketing company. We spend most of our time thinking up ways to get MORE people to see your company, your products, and your  marketing messages.  So, why do we care about the security procedures of our clients? Two reasons: We don’t want anything to happen that might make our clients look bad. We don’t want anything to happen that might make ABCI look bad! We like to joke that “there are no marketing emergencies.” But there are things that need to be addressed immediately from a PR perspective, and that makes more work for ourselves and our clients. Here…
  • Panel Discussion – Content Management

    Paula Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:53 pm
    We’re looking forward to a great panel discussion next week that you’ll definitely want to be a part of if you’re involved in sales or marketing in the aviation industry! We’ll be asking the questions YOU want to ask, of the people who are “in the trenches,” creating great marketing materials for different parts of the aviation industry, week after week. Our panelists: (In alphabetical order, because they all get star billing) Todd Lohenry Manager, Digital and Social Media at Kestrel Aircraft Company. Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Consultant, Digital Architect, Web Developer,…
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    Multiply LeadershipMultiply Leadership | Flight Test + Mathematics x Leadership

  • Index of First Flights — September

    Mark Jones Jr
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Feedback needed: Should I clean up the format? Should I hyperlink or just leave it as plain text? What else do you like or not like about the layout? Send a tweet to @FlightTestFact with your thoughts. 9/1/1937 First flight #flighttest of the Bell YFM1 Airacuda http://ow.ly/3pFBke 9/2/1947 First flight #flighttest of the Hawker Sea Hawk #history #avgeek http://ow.ly/AYsFC | @flightglobal http://ow.ly/AYsOP 9/3/1953 First flight of the @PilatusAircraft P-3 “first trainer for jets” http://ow.ly/B1wLF | P-3 Owners Group http://ow.ly/B1wRL 9/4/1949 First flight of the Avro 707,…
  • more thoughts on learning — observations #35

    Mark Jones Jr
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Some learning is gradual. You can do it in little chunks, like in ten minutes a day. And you can even skip some days without much harm. It is impossible to learn some things, however, by this technique. In some subjects, one must reach a tipping point, accumulate a some discrete amount, a minimum or quanta, of training or teaching in a certain length of time. Else one will never progress out of the beginning stage. I think flying is a good example. You have to get in an airplane and do a take-off and a landing. (But perhaps these kinds of physical skills and judgment should be separated form…
  • learning to drive — observations #34

    Mark Jones Jr
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If this isn’t an argument for a Bayesian approach to life, I don’t know what is. How much steering wheel input is needed for a given curve in the road? It’s highly likely that none of us could describe the amount of input needed with our words.  We can easily accomplish the maneuver though.  My son, Blake, is about to get his learner’s permit. Blake is already a skilled pilot on model airplanes, so I can use some flying analogies to explain how to drive. As you approach the bend in the road, input a small turn in the steering wheel and then ask, “was that…
  • learning to fly — observations #33

    Mark Jones Jr
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    How do you teach someone to land an airplane? A twenty one year old is almost totally incapable of jumping into the cockpit of a T-6 Texan II and teaching himself to fly. He (or she) will almost certainly kill himself in the process. Contrast this thought with the fact that Wilbur and Orville Wright taught themselves to fly. Furthermore, an experimental test pilot, having never flown an aircraft before, can take-off on the first-ever flight of an experimental aircraft for which no one has an idea on its handling and flying qualities and literally teach himself to fly it. How do we resolve…
  • Boeing’s first airplane — observations #32

    Mark Jones Jr
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Failure isn’t final. Bill Boeing’s first airplane failed (“a handmade, clumsy seaplane copied from a Martin seaplane” which flunked its Navy trials), and his company faced such difficulty during its first few years of operations that it entered the furniture business to keep itself aloft! Douglas Aircraft, in contrast, had superb initial success with its first airplane. Designed to be the first plane in history to make a coast-to-coast nonstop trip and to lift more load than its own weight, Douglas turned the design into a torpedo bomber which he sold in quantity to the Navy. 25…
 
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    Greteman Group

  • Wichita Eagle; Have You Heard; You Don’t Say

    Greteman Group
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    “I’m interviewing a man about a Frosted Flake chicken on a stick.” – An explanation from the Greteman Group’s Rachel Groene, who is handling the agency’s Kansas State Fair account, on why she needed a colleague to help on another account. The Wichita Eagle Carrie Rengers You don’t say © The Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Business & Commercial Aviation; Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation

    Greteman Group
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Shattering Glass for Women in Aviation Talent abounds; let’s use it By William Garvey, Editor-in-Chief There’s a natural slowness to summer that helps us reflect about our choices, reconnect with people, ideas and goals lost in the everyday hurry, and rejuvenate – cannonballing into a lake full of happy, squealing children is guaranteed to reset...
  • Wichita Eagle; Sneak peek: A look at the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport’s art

    Greteman Group
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    September 2, 2014 The Wichita Eagle Kelsey Ryan When you walk into the new Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, you’ll be welcomed to the Air Capital of the World. And although the terminal won’t open until April, the history exhibits and public art that will be displayed inside are in their final stages. “A lot...
  • Wichita Eagle; Out of Office

    Greteman Group
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Rachel Groene, left, of Greteman Group talks with Mary Beth Chambers of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas at a Public Relations Society of America Kansas Chapter meeting on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Greteman Group © Wichita Eagle, 2014
  • Upward Bound: Aviation Marketplace Projections

    Ashley Bowen Cook
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The best thing you can tell a roomful of aviation professionals is that the industry they love and depend on is poised for growth. And that’s the welcome news respected aviation forecaster Rolland Vincent conveyed as Wichita Aero Club’s August keynote speaker. Vincent analyzed where we are, how we got here and where we’re going....
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    Air Facts Journal

  • It was a dark and stormy night when I took my old Aeronca Chief to West Virginia

    Hunter Heath
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    The relationship with my 1946 Aeronca Chief often segues into a world of strangeness. Owning and maintaining and flying an old fabric-covered taildragger is analogous to using a 1951 MG-TD as your personal car. Frustration is often the dominant emotion, and if it rains, you’re gonna get wet. But one learns to take things as they come, and most of all, to keep a sense of humor. This story grew out of my wife’s terror of my hand-propping the Continental A-65 that originally powered the Chief. When I was having the overhauled engine torn down for a vibration, she decreed, “Put a starter on…
  • This is why you became a pilot

    Frank Ladonne
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    OK, so after a year or so of lessons, studying, agonizing over the written, sweating during the oral and dreading the practical, you’ve done it! You are a pilot! You are one of a very elite group: just over one-half of one percent of individuals in the United States. You have the ability and the right to get into an airplane, launch into the sky and fly virtually anywhere you would like, whenever you want and all this without having to wait in line, take off your shoes and empty your pockets (unless you really want to). So now what? What do you do with this very rare right and privilege?
  • Navigating in the old days

    John Dill
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Flying in my little single-engine Cessna, my yoke mounted GPS unit gives me my exact position anywhere on the face of the earth, as well as a host of other valuable information and is a marvel of modern technology. It wasn’t always so. I was a crewman on a Navy land-based long-range patrol plane (P2V Neptune) back in the early 1960s and I’ll tell you all what it was like. All of my flying was done in the Pacific between the West Coast of the US and the Far East. We hit just about every island in between including Hawaii, our home port, Midway, Wake, Guam, the Philippines, Japan,…
  • Why I love the NOBBI arrival

    Lawrence Zingesser
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Editor’s note: With this article, we’re kicking off an informal series on your home airport. We’d like to know what it’s like to fly in and out of your home base, from the controllers you talk to to the route you fly. What makes it special? Share your story with us (pictures are a bonus): editor@airfactsjournal.com For those of you who do not fly out of the Northeast, the NOBBI5 Standard Terminal Arrival Route leads you into Westchester County Airport. KHPN is where my 1980 Mooney 231 is based. It’s the last stretch home. The NOBBI5 arrival to HPN. Flying this route…
  • The most fun I have ever had in an airplane

    Graf Hilgenhurst
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Editor’s note: This article is the latest in our “My Adventure” series, where everyday pilots share their memorable flights. Send your story: editor@airfactsjournal.com Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base First, in the interest of full disclosure, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: 1. At no time will you be flying solo. You will start out with an instructor in the front seat, and end up with an FAA examiner in the front seat. 2. The price of the two-day course includes five hours of dual, after which you may or may not be ready for your checkride. Additional instruction is…
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    iPad Pilot News

  • Pilot report: flying the new Iridium Go satellite hotspot

    John Zimmerman
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    In-flight connectivity, whether it’s sending a text message or browsing the web, has become an increasingly sought-after feature for pilots and passengers. Some jet charter operators even complain that airplanes without in-flight WiFi are worthless–customers don’t want to schedule them. But for pilots of light turbine and piston airplanes, there simply hasn’t been an affordable way to get this feature. That’s why we were interested to learn more about Iridium’s new Go! product, a portable satellite hotspot that claims to offer at least some in-flight…
  • Flying with Stratus in an ADS-B Out airplane

    Bret Koebbe
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    When the original Stratus ADS-B receiver first hit the market in 2012 it was designed as a portable weather receiver and GPS for ForeFlight, delivering near real-time subscription-free weather to the iPad. The following year Stratus 2 improved on this design, and added enhanced traffic and AHRS features, significantly increasing the capabilities of this portable receiver. Sporty’s 1963 Aztec B, equipped with a Garmin GDL 88 ADS-B out transceiver. While most pilots today are still buying Stratus primarily for its NEXRAD radar and in-flight weather capabilities, the traffic display…
  • Get more out of your iPad with iOS 8 Widgets

    Bret Koebbe
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    New customizable widgets are accessed in the Notification Center, accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen. One of the highly-anticipated features in iOS 8 is the addition of widgets to the Notification Center on your iPhone or iPad. These can be accessed at any time by swiping down from the top of your screen and are located in the “Today” view. Prior to iOS 8, you were limited to displaying only a few pieces of information here, like a basic weather report, upcoming calendar events and reminders. With iOS 8, you can now add third-party widgets, making the…
  • ADS-B webinar coming up October 2

    John Zimmerman
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Understanding how ADS-B works isn’t easy, but it’s important for any pilot. Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (better known as ADS-B) is one of the hottest topics in aviation right now, from the FAA’s mandate about panel-mount avionics to the new wave of portable ADS-B receivers for the iPad. Unfortunately, much of the information related to ADS-B is unnecessarily confusing. So what is ADS-B? Why should you care about it? Can you just ignore it? No. While ADS-B may be confusing, it’s probably the most important technological change you will have to deal with as a…
  • Optimize battery life with new iOS 8 utility

    Bret Koebbe
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Pilots tend to focus more on optimizing the iPad’s battery life than the average iPad user, since this is critical to keeping the device functioning in the airplane over the course of a flight. The latest iOS 8 software update for iPads and iPhones can help you out here with the addition of a new battery usage utility. Here you’ll see a breakdown of battery usage by app, with the option to view it either over the last 24 hours or 7 days. To view this data go the iPad Settings app -> General -> Usage -> Battery Usage. This data is only collected when the iPad is running…
 
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    New Airport Insider

  • Beijing New Airports

    Guillaume Dupont
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    China is now renowned for building hundreds of airports throughout the country. Having 90% of the Chinese population living less than 100 km from an airport by 2020 is one of the many ambitious targets found in the government’s five-year plan. […]
  • Australian Airports Build: Brisbane Airport Under Pressure

    Dan Parsons
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This is part 2 in a 3-part series on Australian airport development. Part 1 looked at the decision to build a second airport in Sydney and the politics surrounding that decision. Fuelled by the commencement of the Asian century, Australia’s […]
  • Incheon Airport South Korea Evaluates European A-CDM

    Kris de Bolle
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Being an advocate of best practices to implement airport collaborative decision making implies agenda flexibility, and investing ample time to allow A-CDM candidates to grasp the concept of A-CDM as it is practiced in live operations. Be it after business […]
  • Australia Airports Build: Politics and Sydney Airport No. 2

    Dan Parsons
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A couple of the world’s airport hotspots have already been profiled on this blog but this post isn’t about a hotspot, it’s probably more of an odd-spot. While Australia is a big country, it is also a small country. It […]
  • Introduction to Airport Planning: The Master Plan

    David Ruiz-Celada
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:35 am
    On January 1st, 1914. Abram Pheil became the 1st scheduled passenger in aviation history when he travelled between St. Petersburg and Tampa on a two-seater: Benoist XIV. More than 100 years have passed since, and aviation has bloomed as a whole […]
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  • Airplanes of Tomorrow, NASA's Vision of Future Air Travel

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Three industry teams spent 2011 studying how to meet NASA's goals for making future aircraft burn 50 percent less fuel than aircraft that entered service in 1998, emit 75 percent fewer harmful emissions and shrink the size of geographic areas affected by objectionable airport noise by 83 percent. Boeing's advanced vehicle concept centers around the familiar blended wing body design like the X-48. What makes this design different is the placement of its Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines on the top of the plane's back end, flanked by two vertical tails to shield people on the ground…
  • Princess Juliana International Airport

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Princess Juliana International Airport (IATA: SXM, ICAO: TNCM) (also known as Sint Maarten International Airport) serves the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. In 2007, the airport handled 1,647,824 passengers and 103,650 aircraft movements.[2] The airport serves as a hub for Windward Islands Airways and is the major gateway for the smaller Leeward Islands, including Anguilla, Saba, St. Barthélemy and St. Eustatius. It is named after Juliana of the Netherlands, who as crown princess landed here in 1944, the year after the airport opened. There is also an airport on the French side of…
  • Shuttle Carrier Aircraft

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) are two extensively modified Boeing 747 airliners that NASA used to transport Space Shuttle orbiters. One is a 747-100 model, while the other is a short range 747-100SR.
  • Plane refueling in air

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Aerial refueling, also referred to as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking, is the process of transferring fuel from one aircraft (the tanker) to another (the receiver) during flight. The procedure allows the receiving aircraft to remain airborne longer, extending its range or loiter time on station. The cost of the refueling equipment on both tanker and receiver aircraft and the specialized aircraft handling of the aircraft to be refueled (very close "line astern" formation flying) has resulted in the activity only being used in military…
  • Etihad Airways Reveals First Dreamliner With a New Livery

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    A time-lapse video featuring our brand new livery design. Etihad Airways and Boeing celebrated the roll out of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring its new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery at an event in Seattle, Washington. The new livery is inspired by traditional Emirati design patterns, the landscapes of the desert and the geometric shapes found in the modern architecture of Abu Dhabi. The result is unique livery design which will present Etihad Airways as the airline of a progressive and innovative cultural hub.
 
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